ILLUSTRATION

Three things have conspired to make me the artist I am today:


                     1) The joy of creation.

                     2) Clients with deadlines.

                     3) The threat of starvation.


There is nothing in the world that teaches you 

how to draw like being a freelance illustrator. 

I’ve done it for nearly 50 years. 

Here’s how  the business works:


 









                    Ring-a-ling-a-ling. 

                    (Old fashioned phone ring)


                   “Hello, this is Dan.” 

                   “Uh wha-wa wah WAHwuh,  uh wuhhh ?” 

                     (That’s an ad agency asking me if I can 

                     illustrate a particular THING 

                     in a particular MEDIUM 

                     and a specific STYLE —

                     often one that I’ve never tried before.)


                    “Sure, I can do that.”

                      (The answer was always “Yes!” )


                    “How much?  No problem! 

                     By tomorrow?  You bet! 

                     Okay, Bye.”


                    Click.


Up most of the night. New technique mastered, job delivered.


On time.   

Although most of what I do these days goes under the heading of 

“fine art” , I still do some illustration from time to time. 

Here is some of the work I have done over the years  in various categories —

Pen & Ink

Illustrations

(67)

Oil Painting

Illustrations

(11)

Airbrush

Illustrations

(10)

Charcoal 

and Graphite

(26)

Comps and 

Storyboards

(85)

Architectural

Renderings

(12)

Type Design 

& Calligraphy

(42)

Pen & Ink Cartoons

(152)

Kidsville News

Covers

(32)

CF Payne-Style &

Mixed Media  Illus.

(9) 

Street 

Painting

(10)

Theater & Studio

Set Design

(36)

And finally— just for fun— 

Click either of these images

to see what an artist might do . . .

with family . . .  

at Christmas . . . 

for over 50 years.

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